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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

Bourbon: Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat

This is the eighth installment in a series on Bourbon by Zach Pearson. Read them all: Bourbon, Bourbon After the Act, Bourbon: What it is ... and isn't, Making Bourbon, Who Makes My Bourbon, Producer Capsules., Finding the Good Stuff, Tasting the Good Stuff, Neat, Mashbills, Geeky Information and Resources.

Old Fitzgerald Bonded Bourbon

(100 proof) DSP #1 – Bernheim, bottled DSP 31 – Heaven Hill, bottled 2013? $16

Golden amber color. Candy floss, honey and golden citrus on the nose, not sharp. Typical cream of wheat/plaster of Paris sweetness as well. Oily and slightly viscous, with alcohol burn fading into maple and corn sweetness at first, then more citrus and dusty-wheaty notes. The empty glass smells like bananas. Incredible value, if you like wheat Bourbons and can find it.

Very Old Fitzgerald 12 Year Bourbon

(90 proof), bottled 2009? $30

Moderate amber in color. Creamy nose, vanilla and marzipan, old furniture finish. The decrease is alcohol is evident, but there’s a drag of wood tannins across the front of the palate that takes a moment to turn from furniture shop (e.g. good wood aromatized by hot metal) to the cream of wheat sweetness. There’s some ornamentation of green spicy notes that must be from the wood, and this just feels heavier and more contemplative.

Old Weller Antique Bourbon

(107 proof) $26.50

Recent Additions

  • Sweet do not kill — Blanco tequila, Kirschwasser, Galliano, Bianco Vermouth, Luxardo Bitter Bianco, Hibiscus syrup
  • Fumo di Cannella — Amaro, Mezcal, Bitters, Grapefruit bitters, Lime juice, Cinnamon syrup, Grapefruit peel
  • Rover, Rover — Amaro, Mezcal, Batavia Arrack, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Pamplemousse Rose, Chocolate bitters, Orange cream citrate, Grapefruit peel
  • Olongapo Stumble — Mezcal, Dry vermouth, Limoncello, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, Sake
  • Two O'Clock at the Metropole — Cognac, Dry vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Peychaud's Bitters, Pineapple syrup, Lemon peel

Recent Discussion

  • Re Northern Lights (David Delaney Jr.), 1 day 4 hours ago PromBox commented:

    ‘French 75’ with cranberry. Lime juice mixes better with the sour cran than the lemon imo. We used a 50/50 mix with a Freixenet cava. Be sure to double strain.

  • Re Rational Thought, 3 days 4 hours ago Zachary Pearson commented:

    I've always thought that the PF Curacao tasted like baby aspirin. Thanks, Zachary

  • Re Rational Thought, 4 days 16 hours ago bvankammen commented:

    Good use of the pear, which comes through in the right amount. I did not like the contribution of the curacao as much, which gave the drink a "Smarties" taste. Overall it's an extremely fruity cocktail. Not bad, but also just forgettable.

  • Re A Forest, 5 days 14 hours ago Craig E commented:

    @noksagt You are correct, an email with the OP confirmed "author's original creation" is right.
    I'll probably stir this rather than shake when I try it. Cheers!

  • Re A Forest, 5 days 15 hours ago laerm commented:

    Hi all –

    Regarding a question in the comments here: my allspice dram and CdV were homemade so that may explain the surprising translucence of this drink.